Car sales fraudster ordered to pay back money

Thu 06th, Sep

A fraudster from Norfolk has been ordered to pay back almost £40,000 to his former employers.

David Garrett, 36, of Morley Road, Attleborough, faced a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday (4 September) where he was ordered to repay £38,225 of money after he had defrauded Hammond Cars Sales in Ipswich. Garrett was sentenced to three years and four months in prison in March this year, after he pleaded guilty to fraudulently taking £350,000 from the sales company where he worked as a trade sales manager. During a ten month fraud committed by Garrett and another Hammond Cars Sales employee, 67 part-exchange vehicles were sold with false sales invoices being created as a cover up. Detective Inspector Rob Turner, from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), which brought about the POCA proceedings, said: “This has demonstrated once again that crime will never truly pay. Working alongside police forces in the eastern region, we’re determined to continue using the POCA legislation at every opportunity to strip those who commit crime of the profit from their unlawful conduct. "On this occasion Garrett will be forced to release all of his known assets in order to compensate the victim, or face a further two years in jail.” The money, which will be returned to Hammond Cars Sales, must be paid within three months or Garrett will receive two additional years imprisonment.